Interview – Shari T. of Alabama.

Have you ever searched for information that seemed to be so elusive that you ended up with more questions than when you began?
Or maybe you’ve felt hopelessly lost with “expert-talk” and “science-names” that you’d swear a cloak of mystery was intentionally draped to conceal a subject?

Well for many people including myself, researching my skin condition was like trying to unveil some rare and exotic disease. I can identfy with Shari in this interview, that just obtaining the name Tinea Versicolor was a true revelation…and really the beginning of my quest into this world.

Shari volunteered this interview by email recently. While her case may be mild, you will sense that her concerns are just as relevant and significant as with us all.

We thank you for sharing Shari.

TV.net: Tell us a little about yourself.
Shari: I am a 38 year old female who moved to southern Alabama just 2 years ago. Prior to that, I lived in Milwaukee, WI my entire life. I live with my husband of 7 years and 2 cats.

TV.net: When did you first start noticing Tinea Versicolor (TV,) on your body?
Shari: I noticed TV after my first full summer here in Alabama.

TV.net: What has been other people’s reaction to your skin? How does it make you feel?
Shari: The only reaction I had was from a friend that commented, “You have sun poisoning!” She said she’d seen this before and suggested wearing sunscreen.

TV.net: Have you consulted a doctor? What did he/she do? Has their advice helped?
Shari: I did not consult my physician but I did sign up for a free skin cancer screening at the beach. It was there that I finally got a name for what was happening to my back.

TV.net: How did you come to find our website Tinea-Versicolor.net and what is your opinion of the information?
Shari: I used the information from my screening to look online and find out more about TV. It was then I found Tinea-Versicolor.net. It was nice to finally find a website full of information.

TV.net: Do you sanitize your laundry and pay attention to your diet to limit yeast promoting foods? Can you tell us a little about this?
Shari:I do not sanitize my laundry other than using laundry soap but I do try and limit my white flower and sugar intake.

TV.net: Tell us about what products you’ve tried that HAVE and HAVE NOT worked for you personally.
Shari: The only product I tried was Selson Blue. After last summer, I began occasionally washing my back and scalp (for fun) with it, let it sit a couple of minutes and rinse. So far this year, I have tanned over my TV and it does not itch.

TV.net: Would you say TV is tenacious? As stubborn as anything you’ve met before?
Shari: Yes, it seems like when its obvious and you have the white patches, it grows and itches and will not go away. It seems as though it only goes away when it cools down outside.

TV.net: Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to anyone with TV?
Shari: I would suggest being patient and know that there is a website with valuable information out there. Also know there are others who suffer from the same condition. You are not alone!

TV.net: In closing, is there anything you would like to add?
Shari: Tinea-Versicolor.net is the most informative website I have found so far. Thank you for all the valuable information.